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Eye Pain, “Pink” Eye and Foreign Bodies in the Eye
An irritation to the outer surface of your eye is the most common eye injury.
Chemicals or heat can lead to the burning of the eye. In these cases, the pain may cause you to close your eyes, causing damage from the irritant being trapped to the eye. Should this occur, you should wash out your eye right away until medical help arrives.
Infections to your eye from bacteria, fungi, or viruses can occur. In those cases, this may occur in different parts of the eye and can affect just one eye or both. Two common eye infections are pinkeye and styes.
Pink eye is another name for conjunctivitis and is due to an infection. Children frequently get this and it is very contagious. It does not affect your vision. In most cases, the infection will clear without medical care. However, bacterial pinkeye needs treatment with antibiotic eye drops or ointment. A stye is a bump on the eyelid that happens when bacteria from your skin get into the hair follicle of an eyelash. In most cases, it will clear up without medical care.
In the case of foreign bodies in the eye, the eye will often flush out tiny objects such as eyelashes and sand. This occurs through the normal blinking and tearing process. It is important not to rub the eye if there is something in it. It is extremely important that you wash your hands before examining your eye.
It is important to see a health care provider if:
- You have a lot of eye pain or sensitivity to light
- Your vision is decreased
- You have red or painful eyes
- You have flaking, discharge, or a sore on your eye or eyelid
- You have had trauma to your eye, or you have a bulging eye or a drooping eyelid
- Your dry eyes do not get better with self-care measures within a few days
If you have been hammering, grinding, or could have come in contact with metal fragments, DONOT attempt any removal. Seek treatment asap.
Our well-trained providers at Your Doc’s In are available on a walk-in basis and without an appointment to meet your health care needs. Services at our urgent care centers are available at all our clinics by our friendly, personable and capable staff.
We are open seven days a week with extended hours in some of our clinics. Care is provided for infants all the way through adults. And most insurance plans are accepted. Whether you are visiting the Ocean City area or a resident on the Delmarva Peninsula, take advantage of the services offered at Your Doc’s In. Your Doc’s In, “For Life’s Little Emergencies”. Proudly serving the community on the Eastern Shore since 2005.